RG10 Faculty & Staff Papers

Subgroup 5: Claudia Lewis papers (1920-1996)

Creator: Lewis, Claudia, 1907-2001
Title: Claudia Lewis papers
Call #: RG10 SG5
Dates: 1920-1996

Abstract: The Claudia Lewis papers were created over the course of Lewis’s life, through much of the twentieth century. The materials span her research study endeavors, focusing heavily on the education of teachers and writing for children.  Her work was collected in notes, administrative records, observational reports, article drafts, correspondence, publications, and several other formats.

Language of Material: English
Location: Bank Street College Archives New York, NY
Preferred Citation: Claudia Lewis papers, Box #, Bank Street College Archives, New York, NY

Biographical Note

Claudia Lewis was born in 1907. She received her BA from Reed College. She came to Bank Street in 1932 as a student in the Cooperative School for Teachers. After completing the Cooperative School program, Lewis taught at various progressive schools in the New York area.

In 1938 she established a nursery school at the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee which she directed and where she taught until 1941. She received a Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota in 1943 and returned to Bank Street to join the faculty of the Cooperative School, where she taught Children’s Literature and Creative Writing for Children. She also served as an advisor and worked with Barbara Biber in research.

Lewis received a PhD from Columbia University Teachers College in 1959. She published many books for adults and children as well as numerous articles and book reviews.

Scope and Content Note

Records from the files of Claudia Lewis, Research Associate, faculty member and student advisor. Papers in this collection center on Lewis’s research, primarily her major research interest in children’s literature and teacher education.

To search and read detailed descriptions of the series and lists of folder titles within each series, click the following link to access the guide for the entire subgroup.

Complete Guide to Subgroup 5 – Claudia Lewis papers (pdf)

The subgroup consists of the following series.

SERIES A – Correspondence (1946-1992)

SERIES B – Lectures, Conferences and Publications (1938-1996)

SERIES C – Faculty Affairs (1944-1974)

SERIES D – Course Work / Student Papers (1945-1994)

SERIES E – Race Attitude Study

SERIES F – Study of Illustrations and Stories (1947-1953)

SERIES G – Cartoon Situations Test (1949-1962)

SERIES H – Stories Study (1952-1964)

SERIES I – Next Steps in Teacher Education (1956-1959)

SERIES J – Advisement Study (1965-1966)

SERIES K – A Study of Two Classrooms (1944-1947)

SERIES L – Parent Teacher Interaction Study (1960-1961)

SERIES M – Cowichan Indian Study (1954-1968)

SERIES N – Children’s Writings and Language Records (1922-1974)

SERIES O – Other Studies (1950-1953)

SERIES P – Nursery and Elementary School Teaching Materials (1932-1988)

SERIES Q – Personal and Biographical Materials (1946-1992)

SERIES R – Audio-visual Materials

Controlled Access Headings

  • Corporate Name(s)
    • Bank Street College of Education
    • Bank Street College of Education. Graduate School
    • City and Country School (New York, N.Y.)
    • Golden Books Publishing Company
    • Highlander Folk School (Monteagle, Tenn.)
  • Genre(s)
    • Administrative records
    • Audio visual materials
    • Correspondence
    • Instructional and educational works
    • Notes
    • Publications
    • Reports
    • School Records
  • Geographic Name(s)
    • New York (N.Y.)
    • Tennessee
  • Personal Name(s)
    • Biber, Barbara, 1903-1993
    • Lewis, Claudia
    • Mitchell, Lucy Sprague, 1878-1967
    • Sendak, Maurice
  • Subject(s)
    • Child care
    • Child development — New York (State) — New York
    • Child development — United States — History — 20th century
    • Cowichan Indians
    • Dukhobors — Canada — Social life and customs
    • Education — Study and teaching
    • Educators
    • Elementary schools — New York (State) — New York
    • Nursery schools
    • Race awareness in children — United States
    • Research — Study and teaching
    • Teachers colleges — New York (State)
    • Teachers — Training of — History
    • Women educators